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Murle Elaine (Hirdes) Clark

7-27-1928  –  1-9-2020

Murle passed away peacefully at her home in Grand Rapids on Thursday, January 9, 2020.  Murle was born on July 27, 1928, in Zeeland, Michigan to the late Corey and Maggie (Jelsma) Hirdes. After living in Colorado for many years, she moved back to Grand Rapids.

She was preceded in death by Julian (Duke) Dupey.

She is survived by her three sons, Michael (Laura) Dupey, Mark Dupey, and Jeff (Kathleen) Dupey; four grandchildren, Jalyn Phelps, Joshua (Tanya) Dupey, Justin (Suzy) Dupey, and Lauren Dupey; five great-grandchildren, Ella, Jakey, Daxy, Rivenna, and Aurora; and niece, Judy (Bill) Dyke.

Murle was a social butterfly where she lived at Heron Manor, involved in all their activities with all her very dear close friends.  She loved to needle point, crochet, listen to her music, and loved watching the birds.  She made the best coconut cream pie and home made hot fudge.  Her most favorite time spent, was with her family, cherishing every minute.  She will be so very sadly missed.

Memorial contributions can be made and sent to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Julie Keller Pauli on January 15, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    They say there is a special place in heaven to the mother of all boys, and no doubt Murle is in that place right now. Peace be with her.

  2. Rick Moore on January 15, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Sorry for your loss Mike, as well as all the Dupey family. The thoughts and prayers of our family are with you all.

  3. Dale & Darlene Wierzbicki on January 15, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Prayers are with you Mike and your family.

  4. Byard Stevens on January 16, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Mike, Mark, Jeff and all of the family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Mom was a special lady and left a mark on many peoples lives. Prayers for all of you.

  5. Dale and Sharon Stubbs on January 16, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Sharon and Dale Stubbs
    We have fond memories of laughing and dancing with Merle and Duke😍
    May those sweet memories help you through this difficult time.
    Our sincere sympathy 😇

  6. Sheryl Bodien on January 18, 2020 at 8:11 am

    We are so sorry to hear the news. So many great memories of parties, cooking for the parties, dancing, beaches and work bees together with the Rekeny family. I remember Murle and Duke singing at Aldersgate church and was so impressed. So glad we had her over for dinner and singing karaoke a couple years ago. Rest In Peace Murle. Singing again with Duke❤️
    Sheryl and Glenn Bodien

  7. Thomas and Beverly Rekeny on January 18, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    To the Dupey Family, to our dear friend Murle RIP, to the many great trips and great times we had all of the great breakfast we cooked on Lake Michigan. All the work projects and good times. Blessings and hugs to you all. From the Rekeny Family.

  8. Emily Klinge on January 25, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Murle was ALWWYS full of spunk; kept Heron Manor on our toes. She will be truly missed – thank you for sharing her with all of us. It was a please to be her caregiver

  9. Mark Dupey on September 16, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Mother Murle. You were Always the guiding lite on my darkest times. Your love gave me strength to be me. Forever your middle son

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